Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wahlberg sells L.A. mansion for $55M
YOU can do a lot with $55 million. If you’re Mark Wahlberg, you can put it toward your Las Vegas film and business empire.
According to published reports, the A-lister, who vows to turn Las Vegas into “Hollywood 2.0,” has sold his mansion in Los Angeles’ uber-exclusive Beverly Park area for $55 million.
The purchase was reported a week after Wahlberg shot scenes for his movie “The Family Plan” at several Las Vegas locations.
The original April listing price for Wahlberg’s L.A. mansion was $87.5 million, dipping to $79.5 million in November. The 30,500-square-foot property features a basketball court, putting green, state-of-the-art pool and basketball court.
Worth an estimated
$400 million, Wahlberg bought the 6.2-acre property for
$8.25 million in 2009, completing construction five years later. The buyer has not yet been reported.
After listing the mansion, Wahlberg and his wife, Rhea Durham, and the couple’s four children moved to Las Vegas. In August, the couple purchased a two-story townhome at The Summit Club for $14.5 million.
The luxury enclave is in Summerlin, off Flamingo Road and Town Center Drive.
Wahlberg last week wrapped location shooting for his action-comedy “The Family Plan.” The 51-year-old film star and his crew were spotted at Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Hoover Dam, The Strat, Luxor and the Plaza.
He said the upcoming film will be “a massive hit.” Wahlberg has expressed plans to open a film studio in Las Vegas, and he has also expanded his F45 Training company with five locations in the valley.
Wahlberg is also co-owner of his family’s Wahlburgers chain of burger restaurants and co-founder of the Municipal sports apparel company. He’s an investor in Flecha Azul Tequila company, posting a pair of Instagram Reels videos Monday from the golf course while promoting the brand’s blanco variety.
In one of the clips, Wahlberg wore a Municipal hat and flexed his left arm, proving he works out. Probably at F45 Training.
Lace ’em up
Usher is adding 15 dates to his sold-out “My Way” residency at Dolby Live.
The new dates cover June and October. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Go to ticketmaster.com/ushervegas for more info.
These dates are in addition to Usher’s previously announced 2023 shows. He is back at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The show covers the superstar’s 20-year career, including the classics “Yeah,” “U Remind Me,” “My Boo,” “Love in This Club,” “OMG” and “You Make Me Wanna …” The show incorporates audience interaction and staging throughout the 5,200-seat venue. Expect wonderful skating, and a return to Usher’s Magic City strip club roots in Atlanta
The 44-year-old R&B star was most recently in the ABC News special “Black in Vegas,” in the network’s “Soul of a Nation” series.
A couple of stars
I always love hearing, “You really missed a great show …” when I am already attending a great show. A fellow attendee came with this comment at Saturday night’s Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala at the MGM Grand Garden.
The show was the stage duet “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney, starring Mark Shunock and Cheryl Daro.
This was on Valentine’s Day at The Space, which the couple operate. Though the married couple are trained performers, they rarely perform together. This was actually their first appearance on stage together in more than 20 years. That made the performance of the two accomplished actors reading letters to each other all the more heartfelt.
“It was something special.
It’s a wonderful piece to begin with, and to hear it come out of Cheryl’s mouth made it even more special,” Shunock said on the Power of Love red carpet Saturday night. “The structure is there are minimal rehearsals and you essentially read these letters aloud.”
The two are planning to appear together again, though they keep stacked schedules operating The Space and with Shunock’s various announcing gigs.
“We’re going to try,” Shunock said. “The busier you get, the more you realize you have to do things together. It keeps you bonded. We really did this for selfish reasons, for us, but a lot of our friends loved seeing it.”
Supper news for Coop’s
Booze flash: Coop’s Cabaret & Hot Spot at Commercial Center on East Sahara Avenue has earned its liquor license. This is the lifeblood of a live music hang. Sax great Jimmy Mulidore hosts the venue’s first supper club show, “Jazz Night,” at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Proprietor Chris Cooper has been slugging it out to get the place up to code. The schedule is filling. Rocker Ben Mauro headlines at 8:30 p.m. Friday with a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute. Kelly Vohnn is brunching it up at 1 p.m. March 2, with Jimmy Hopper’s crooners show at 6 p.m. March 3. Go to Coopscabaret.com for intel.
Cool Hang Alert
The Funk Jam is back where it all started for bandleader and bass great Anthony James. The unbroken jam sesh (as the kids say, I think) is at the Sand Dollar Lounge on Spring Mountain Road at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The hang is on from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. As we say, no cover, no hassles, and try the pizza.